HBRAMA Hot Topics


Renewed Push on Beacon Hill for Sprinklers in One and Two-Family Homes

The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security held a public hearing on June 9 on legislation that would allow cities and towns to mandate the installation of fire sprinklers in all newly constructed one and two-family homes.


Housing Committee Hears from Robert Dietz, NAHB Chief Economist

Robert Dietz, Ph.D., Chief Economist reviewed housing affordability in the Boston Metropolitan Statistical Area, highlighting the racial disparity in homeownership.


HBRAMA Receives Grant from NAHB

HBRAMA's Net Zero Subcommittee received funding to aid the subcommittee seeking to craft a new stretch energy code that includes net-zero building performance standards and a definition of net zero.


HBRAMA Officer Installation

Matt Anderson turned over the presidential duties to Emerson Clauss III at the annual installation and awards banquet held on June 9 at the Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth.


HBRAMA testifies in support of Permit Extension Act

Legislation critical to keeping desperately needed new housing developments moving forward was the subject of a public hearing before the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight on June 1. Senate Bill No. 2065 was filed by Sen. Adam Hinds (D-Pittsfield) and is strongly supported by the HBRAMA.


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